Item Number: 20031
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 20031
Wine Advocate 91
"The 2013 De Nit is a blend of the three classical white grapes from the region, Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada and a pinch (5%) of red Monastrell sourced from the historical Viña de la Plana. The wine had an average of 24 months in contact with the lees (18 for the first disgorgement and up to 30 for the last bottles before they finish the vintage and start with a new one). The color is extremely pale (it could even pass as a Blanc de Noir) and the nose is very similar to the 2013 L'Hereu, perhaps not as fine, with very nice, clean fruit. The palate might have a little more weight, with faint flower notes, very good acidity and a little bit of tannin coupled with acidity that gives it length and persistence and a distinct elegant rusticity. I'm not a great fan of pink sparkling wine in general, but I'm a fan of this one. This is a perfect aperitif wine. 180,000 bottles produced."
Vinous Media 91
"Pale orange. Intense red berry, blood orange and rose pastille scents, along with zesty minerality and a hint of white pepper. The juicy, focused and energetic palate reveals vibrant, mineral-tinged tangerine and raspberry flavors that deepen and expand with air. This vintage shows more depth and breadth than the 2012, with a taut, sharply focused finish that echoes the floral and red fruit notes emphatically. -- Josh Raynolds"
I had the chance to visit the property and taste with Pepe Raventós from Raventós i Blanc. He rejects the Cava appellation as it's a method and not a place and he wants origin as a first requirement. Josep 'Pepe' Raventós keeps working toward the creation of a new appellation in the historical banks of the Anoia River part of Penedès, where his idea would be to produce wines from local varieties worked organically, biodynamically if possible (they started a couple of years ago), with a minimum price paid for the grapes purchased form grape growers to create a sustainable business for the zone and its people.
All their wines are from single vintage and the sparkling ones are at most Extra-brut (max. five grams of sugar) and with a minimum of 18 month in contact with the lees. They source most of their grapes from their own estate in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia where they currently cultivate some 60 hectares from a total surface of 90. The oldest vines are planted on a north-facing slope they call Clos del Serral whose Xarello vines were panted are 80 years old. They produce some 800,000 bottles per year. They release limited quantities of recently disgorged old vintages that are stunning, although prices for them are on the high side.
-55% Macabeo, 30% Xarel.lo, 10% Parellada and 5% Monastrell
-Vinification in stainless steel
-Blending and secondary fermentation in bottle
-aged for a minimum of 15 months
-Vines are handpicked
Wine production at Raventos i Blanc started in 1497 when the estate was founded in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. This date has been authenticated by documents at the estate and recognized by the Spanish Government. The first Cava in Spain was produced here in 1872 by Josep Raventos Fatjo. The estate as it is now, was founded in 1984 by Josep-Maria Raventos, a member of the Codorníu family. He wished to create a small, quality-oriented winery that would stand apart from the large co-ops in the area. Today Raventos owns about 300 acres of vineyards planted mostly to local varieties such as Macabeo (Viura), Xarel-lo and Parellada.
When we visited the estate in July, Pepe Raventos, Joesp-Maria’s grandson described the philosophy of the winery to be “completely terrior driven”. Pepe has moved forward with a geological and climactic survey of the entire property which has revealed 44 individual parcels which will be managed separately.
Pepe worked with Didier Daganau in the Loire, Harold Hexamer in Nahe and Phillippe Blanc in Alsace before returning to his family’s winery in the Penedes in 2001, giving him perspective and insight into his own estate. “We have great red wine from many regions. For sparkling wine we always think of Champagne; maybe the world would like to taste another interpretation”. It is this sort of pioneering mentality, so focused on quality that has skyrocketed Raventos to the top of its category, served in 3 star Michelin restaurants like El Bulli and Arzak.
The soils at the estate are unique; the sedimentary calcareous soils were deposited during the Miocene period when the area was under the sea. At different altitudes the soils change, but the “mother rock” is all deep sedimentary limestone. At the very highest point, limestone and chalk soils are exposed, and this parcel is planted to Pinot Noir sourced from the Margaine estate in the Montagne de Reims.
As with all wines at the Raventos estate, The L'Hereu Reserva and the L’Hereu d’Nit Reserva Rosado are sourced entirely from estate grown fruit, all from a single vintage and aged for a minimum of 2 years.
The oldest vineyard, the Clos del Serral planted slightly lower is dominated by Galera, a compact clay. The vines here are 80 years old and are bottled as a single parcel wine, Manuel Raventos Gran Reserva.
The grapes are biodynamically farmed and certified by the Integrated Production Council (CCPI).